Pick Up the Bill, Giv Goodwill

How do your dining habits compare to others your age?

 According to a recent Gallup Survey, boomers are more content to prepare food at home, while millennials favor dining out.  "Since this year Millennials are set to overtake baby boomers as the nation's largest living generational cohort", the National Restaurant Association is paying special attention to this group.

Americans now spend more money eating out than they do buying groceries. According to Bloomberg, this is a first because never before have sales at restaurants and bars surpassed those at grocery stores.  A Morgan Stanley report detailed how Instagram-happy Millennials are younger and more willing to spend money on food away from home." They see dining out as a social event where they can connect. Their diversity and interest in new things draw them to more ethnic restaurants too.

A Forbes article supported that conclusion by detailing how Americans spend nearly 1000 dollars a year just eating lunch, and Millennials aged 18 to 34 average 2.3 lunch visits a week.  While this is great news if you're a restaurant or bar owner; it can be disheartening if you are a nonprofit hoping to get charitable contributions instead. Because, while Millennials do give, a recent Blackbaud study found that 60% of Millennials only "donated an average of $481 dollars per year across 3.3 charities."

So Giv360 has come up with a way to help restaurants keep their customers...and non-profits receive more donations!

It's brilliant really- and it's free for you to sign up!

Giv360 is helping people connect in a positive way by encouraging visitors to pick a non-profit organization to support. With a simple signup on the Giv360 website, you pick your favorite charity every time you eat out at a participating merchant.  You can enjoy fried chicken from Due South Southern Cuisine, fajitas from El Bandido Mexican, or egg rolls from New Lucky China, and still know that up to 5% of the bill will be donated to your chosen charity... every time you dine there.

Talk about diversity! 

Giv 360 partners with a multitude of bars and dining establishments; and new locations are added daily like the award- winning "2014 Best of Atlanta Winner"- Southbound. You'll love knowing that up to 5% of your BLT just helped your favorite non-profit. 

So on that note, Giv360 would like to encourage everyone to eat out more often, especially since Georgia has some of the best eateries in the country. You're not just enjoying delicious food, you're being philanthropic while doing it!

You can find more participating locations like Tavern 74McCray's Tavern and the Mill Kitchen & Bar on the Giv 360 website.

Sign up today. It's fast, free, and easy, but it goes a long way in making a huge difference for your chosen charity.

Why wouldn't you want to?

It certainly makes getting the check a lot more gratifying because you're helping others when you pay it.  That makes dining at your favorite place even more special because you know they just donated cash to a worthwhile cause- the one you picked!